10 Arm Bar Submissions in Big MMA Fights

Jiu-jitsu practitioners tune into watrch MMA and see a fight ending submission.
While the casual fan often prefers to see two fighters stand and bang it out on the feet, the connpoiseur of bjj is hoping to see a ground battle ending in a tap.

Here is a list of 10 famous arm lock submissions in MMA fights, some from the very early days of mixed martial arts.

Anthony Pettis vs Benson Henderson
Pettis executed a perfect armbar from the guard against strong wrestler Benson Henderson to capture the UFC lightweight title


Fedor Emelianenko vs Hong Man Choi
In Japan a “freakshow” fight pitting the legendary Fedor Emelianenko against a literal giant of a man int he 7 foot+ Korean


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs Mirko Cro Cop
At the time Crop Cop was perhaps the most feared man on the planet – ending most of his fights by brutal head kick knockout.
Despite taking some hard shots in the firts half of the fight “Minotauro” ends the fight with classic arm bar.


Frank Shamrock battles Kevin Jackson
In the dark days of the UFC for the 1st UFC Middleweight Championship of the world, Shamrock stuns the Olympic wrestler Jackson in just 16 seconds (at the time a world record for fastest championship victory)


Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia
Fans were stunned when the referee stopped the fight, but replay later showed that Sylvia’s arm had clearly been broken.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKi1SITwMHA (poor quality)


Randy Couture vs Enson Inoue
Back in the day when elite wrestlers were dominating MMA, Enson Inoue used the “wrestlers kryptonite” – arm bar from the guard – to shock the legend Couture


Dave Herman vs Minotauro Nogueira
Herman provoked the ire of jiu-jitsu practitioners world wiode when he infamously said “Jiu-jitsu doesn’t work”.
Minotauro made a point of making him eat his words!


Ronda Rousey vs Cat Zingano
Rousey’s opponents know in advance what her favorite submission is, but even in title fights, they are powerless to stop that arm lock.
A sudden end to the championship fight.


Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Rousey deserves two entries on this list arguably being MMA’s greatest arm lock expert.
Miseha Tate’s elbow is horribly hyper extended here and the fight is stopped.


Royce Gracie vs Kimo Leopoldo
From the early days if UFC 3 tournaments, Royce Gracie fights the intimidating and much larger Hawaiian Kimo in an intense back and forth before Royce ends the fight.
Royce was so exhausted after the fight, he was unable to continue in the tournament.

What is your favorite arm lock in MMA fight history?


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